Steph’s Smitten List: Like A Girl, Female Coders, Dancing Dads


This week I’m positively smitten with:

1. Like A Girl: I suffered from the “confidence crisis” that this trending Always commercial addresses. In fact, in many ways I’m still suffering from it. This powerful three minute video opens up our eyes to the fact that low self-esteem isn’t something we’re born with – it comes from our society and how it views, describes, speaks to, and speaks about women. A girl’s confidence plummets in puberty because of expressions like “run like a girl.” Why are we insulting girls and telling them being a girl is something to be ashamed of? I’m so on board with changing this awful and inaccurate message.

2. Female Coders: Interested in coding? Well, Google has released an online application available to women everywhere who are interested in learning how to code. As a female who is doing HTML on her company’s website alongside several men, I love that Google is offering to pay for three free months for any women and minorities interested in technology to expand their skills. This Business Insider article reveals the startling number of women and minorities who have tech positions at Google. We need more women in this field doing tech work! More importantly, we need to bash the idea that women weren’t cut out for this type of career (sadly, I get this impression from some of my male colleagues… a lot). To see more of how Google is trying to change this reality, check out last week’s Smitten List from Crystal.


3. Dancing Dads: With shows like Toddlers & Tiaras playing up the “ugly” side of beauty pageants, it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s all for TV. When I came across this article and video of a disabled daughter being serenaded by her loving father on stage at a pageant, I realized there is a good side to pageants still. McKenzie, who has mitochondrial disease, which robs her of her ability to walk and speak, expresses pure joy and happiness when her dad performs with her on stage. I thought this was an amazing message: that with a little bit of help, anyone can do what makes them happy. Seeing a child so happy and carefree, and living large despite her disability, is what real beauty is all about. McKenzie’s father is truly a hero for being the vessel to his daughter’s dreams.

What are you positively smitten with?


  1. That “Like a Girl” video made me so emotional to watch! I loved it so much.

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